The Cubs could muster just two runs off of Matt Harvey, who actually looked pretty good tonight, I’m sorry to report. You’d still like to see the Cubs do more against him, but he was bringing good heat and hitting his spots. How nice for him.
And the Cubs managed a couple rallies against the Reds’ bullpen, but they did not produce fruit. Thus, it was a low-scoring night for the Cubs.
On the pitching side, Kyle Hendricks managed to get through five scoreless and then the wheels came off. And then the Cubs lost the game.
Hendricks, who once again did not have his best command, came within a strike out getting out of a sixth inning scoreless, but it wasn’t to be. Instead, he went from 0-2 to 4-2 with two outs, walked in a run – his third walk of the inning – and then Randy Rosario was summoned to give up the oh-yeah-that-totally-happened grand slam.
It happened like a slow-moving circus train wreck, and the game was basically over.